Find what makes YOU happy

Sometimes too much time passes before I write. Life gets busy for everyone and lately it’s been a little hectic but wonderful at the same time!

Work

Trying to put together a race is a lot of hard work! Advertising for this race has been even harder. But I know it will be such a fun race!

Stoplight 5K for Valentines Day! 

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Our store is moving to a new location. The process of everything is blowing my mind. I am learning so much and am so grateful for this opportunity. Being in charge of choosing paint, carpet, and design is a little stressful but it’s fun!

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  • Meal prepping has been my favorite activity lately. I definitely go through phases but what wont change is my love for planning the meals out and especially the grocery shopping. Almost everything about it. Minus the dishes.
  • I eat a lot of salads. It is my favorite way to get my greens in!
  • Meat lately has not been my favorite. Seafood on the other hand- – keep it coming!
  • There’s to my phases theme again. I’ve loved my veggies though!
  • Sugar cookies have been getting my through my long runs. The thought of enjoying one after my run makes the 3 hour runs worth it!
  • I have finally decided (after 3 trips) which place has the best sugar cookies (between Swig & Slurp) The winner is Slurp! Both are great though!
  • I try to keep my eating to be 85-90% clean and 10-15% indulgent! It is what makes me happy!
  • I know this seems cliche but I don’t eat healthy just because. I actually enjoy the foods I am eating.
  • If I am craving something then I’ll eat it! i.e. the bagel from Einsteins.
  • Leo will not leave me alone when I am eating. It drives me nuts! I always give in and give him something and I know that won’t help him learn.
  • Having a stocked fridge makes me extremely happy!
  • I know what I can and cannot have in my fridge and pantry.

List of can NOTS:

  1. Cereal
  2. Nut Butters
  3. Frozen Yogurt
  4. The desserts I make even though they are healthy: I make them so I can have 1-2 then I give them away! It’s a win win right?

Workouts:

My week typically looks like this in preparation of  my marathon. I need to get back to my weekly speed training. I’ve actually missed them! Never thought I would say that.

  • M: Cycle and arm/back workout
  • T & Th: Pump class twice a week then 3 miles before class and 3 after
  • W: Cycle class and tone it up workout schedule
  • F: Yoga or Spin
  • S: Long runs

The pump classes have changed everything! I absolutely love going to them and my arms are already seeing a lot of change. I love working my back and this class really involves the back with every other body part. The classes work my legs without getting too sore for my long runs. It is a hard balance to lift and excel in long distance running. Thursdays’ pump class always kick my butt! Then I always follow the Tone It Up workouts! I joined a few years ago and I love the community. You are a life time member and it is definitely worth it to me!

Life

I am learning so much about myself. I’m all for analyzing my behavior and actions. I try to be and do better each day. I love making goals and accomplishing them. Of course I struggle with some of the goals like every other human being. I am far from perfect and that is important to recognize. I don’t try to show myself as a perfect person. It is hard since I can be a perfectionist. I am slowly learning to love myself for who I am and focus on the things I can change and not on the things I can’t. This is still hard for me to realize and I still struggle daily. Brown haired boy helps me a lot and I can’t imagine a day without him.

The biggest thing is the fact that keeping a positive attitude goes a long way. I am the type of person who cannot hide my feelings. It shows all over my face. I’ve always distinguished myself and probably a little too proud of is being “Real” but I have now realized that it is possible to take it too far. There is a time and place for that whereas the idea of, “faking it until you make it,” is necessary sometimes. As much as I don’t like that idea its just what grown ups have to do sometimes! I am almost 25, and I know that is far from old but there are some grown up things that I do need to apply to my life.

The things you admire most about others usually are your weaknesses. I always admire how the positive attitudes of some of the people I meet. That is my weakness. I am not saying I am not positive. I just struggle, when things are hard, to keep smiling. That shows lack of gratitude and I would hate it if that was  considered a characteristic of mine.

I am grateful. For my Husband, family, my faith,  job, friends, and especially for the power of forgiveness and the ability to change.

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My Favorite Running Gear

My Favorite Running Gear
I played sports my entire life. There wasn’t a time when I was not active. Thank you parents for that! I came to Utah from Arizona to play D1 collegiate soccer. Once my 4 years were done I got into running and racing. Ragnar was my first race and I fell in love with the sport! I get asked about my favorite running gear on a daily basis so here are some of my go-to gear:
The Sleeves are only for during exercise whereas the socks are for both during and after       (recovery). If you want sleeves for both try out Zensah since they are not medical they allow constant blood flow. I find that they have the same compression as CEP’s sleeve. Compression has helped me more than anything in terms of recovery. Definitely a necessary item for training!

Just FYI I am a neutral runner and I can wear more minimal running shoes. However I need more support and cushion for my longer runs. I always keep two in rotation to avoid injury and they serve different purposes.

Amazing headphones for women! They fit perfectly in my ears! All I need is a button to change the song, pause, and volume! Definitely worth the price tag!
4. Sketchers Go Run 2
What Sketchers?! Sketchers took a designer from both Nike and Saucony to focus on running shoes. This shoe is awesome. The upper fabric of the toe feels wonderful. This is my go to shoe for speed! Extremely light (more than the Nike Free & Saucony Kinvara) and comfortable. I suggest adding the provided sole! Less than $80!
Every time this goes on sale I snag one! I love them! So breathable and it doesn’t ride up! I wear it for spin, running, pump, and yoga! Arms look amazing and makes me look like I have a chest!
All time favorite neutral shoe! I love these for my longer runs especially outdoors. Don’t love them for the treadmill as much because they are a little bit heavier (if you are use to a minimal shoe). They offer the perfect amount of support and cushion.
The perfect watch for what I need. If you do not care about the accuracy of calories burned (it just estimates and it is pretty close) but what all the other qualities of the 210 (they have updated version now the 220 & 620 – which is pretty awesome) then it is a fantastic watch. It is the least expensive Garmin on the market.
Love this brand! They are known for their Bras but this Jacket is one of my favorites other than MPG’s Valencia (that I could not find a picture of). I live in this jacket and my MPG Valencia Hoodie (I have way too many colors in this one).
The softest capri I own! Love these for anything! They are very slimming too!
Awesome company that offers you a lifetime sock. If you ever get a hole in it you can call them and they will send you a new pair. All of their socks are great and you can’t go wrong. This is my favorite product of theirs and I never have any issues! Great sock= better running! Trust me!
I have never liked GU. I tried everything else because the texture was just too hard to fathom. However this flavor changed my world. I absolutely love it! I am not even a huge caramel fan! This was a seasonal product but since it was so popular it will become a set flavor.
I can post more about shoes if you are interested. I am a buyer for a specialty running store so I definitely have a background for running/workout gear. It is necessary for everyone to get fitted (gait analysis) for the running shoe that’s right for them. What works for me might not work for you! Especially if you need a stability shoe for over-pronating.